Metallica Score Best-Selling Album, Beating Shania Twain

December 24, 2009 06:32:41 GMT

Selling 15,490,000 copies with their eponymous album, Metallica become the first hard rock act to top Nielsen SoundScan's 'release to date' chart.

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This week, one of Metallica's albums is named the top-selling album in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Their 1991 self-titled studio album "Metallica" has sold more than 15,490,000 copies, surpassing previously best-selling effort, Shania Twain's "Come on Over" which pulled in around 15,487,000 units to date.

This achievement gives the band the No. 1 position on Nielsen's "release to date" chart and makes them the first hard rock act to top the list as the previous champs were ranging from mainstream pop, rock and country musics. Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard [Original Soundtrack]" ruled the chart in 1991, Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" topped the list in 1996, and Shania Twain's "Come on Over" led the pack in 2001.

Beside pulling in an impressive selling number, "Metallica" album has also earned the James Hetfield-fronted band a Golden Gramophone for Best Metal Performance with Vocal at 1992 Grammy Awards. At the same year moreover, they took home Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video prize from MTV Video Music Awards, thanks to one of its singles "Enter Sandman".


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posted by gymguy29 on Aug 10, 2010
They knew it was just a matter of time before Metallica became #1 on that list, and now it's happened, congrats! (though I must admit, there are several Metallica albums I prefer over the Black album)
posted by SCREEM on Jan 14, 2010
Thank you Metallica for such a great sound!!!!!
posted by Horsemann Pappa on Jan 11, 2010
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posted by HORSEMANN PAPPA on Jan 11, 2010
posted by IranFreedomMovement on Jan 05, 2010
something else...i'm dreaming about visiting you guys
posted by IranGreenMovementFor on Jan 05, 2010
You deserve it Metallica! Best Heavy metal band evar! keep rocking dudes...lets see u one day in iran...i wish
posted by Niggard on Jan 05, 2010
Metallica Kills 'Em All!
posted by own_ED on Jan 01, 2010
Metallica will always be number one!!!! YAY METALLICA!!
posted by paalexr on Dec 31, 2009
hellyeah!! metallica will allways be the best of the best!!:D
posted by mtallica4 on Dec 31, 2009
I've always said they are the greatest heavy metal band in history and this is just one more thing that proves it. LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by Rocketship92 on Dec 30, 2009

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